Vancouver Writers Read on Roots & Family

As part of our new series, Koreh: Writers in the Sanctuary, Or Shalom is pleased to welcome four talented writers on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Karen X. Tulchinsky a.k.a ArenLeah HorlickRhea Tregebov, and Amal Rana will each read from newly published works and works-in-progress on the topic of roots and family.


Rabbi Hannah Dresner and poet Alex Leslie host the evening. Sit back and enjoy the words of these award-winning writers. Refreshments will be served and a selection of books by each writer will be available for purchase (cash only). This is a free event.

About the Writers

Karen X. Tulchinsky (a.k.a. Aren), is a writer, director and video editor. Tulchinsky’s novel, The Five Books Of Moses Lapinsky, was a Toronto Book Award Finalist and won the One Book One Vancouver Prize. Tulchinsky’s short film, Ms. Thing, has screened at 55 film festivals internationally and won Audience Choice Award at QueerFruits Australia. Tulchinsky works as a video editor on Canadian television series and is currently writing a new novel set in 1930’s Berlin.

Leah Horlick is a writer who grew up as a settler on Treaty Six Cree territory in Saskatoon. She is the author of two books of poetry: Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012), and For Your Own Good (2015, Caitlin Press), which was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association in 2016. She is a past winner of the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers and this year, she was lucky enough to win ARC Magazine’s Poem of the Year prize. She spent the last five years working with Estlin McPhee to run REVERB, Vancouver’s only queer and anti-oppressive literary reading series.

Rhea Tregebov’s seventh collection of poetry, All Souls’, was published in 2012. Her poetry has received the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize, Honorable Mention for the National Magazine Awards, and the Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry from Prairie Schooner. Her work is characterized by a strong poetic voice, intellectual honesty, and a compassionate engagement with the extraordinary lived experience of “ordinary” life. Tregebov is also the author of an award-winning historical novel, The Knife-Sharpener’s Bell, and five children’s picture books. Having retired from teaching in June 2017, she is now an Associate Professor Emerita in the Creative Writing Program at University of British Columbia.

Amal Rana is a poet and interdisciplinary performer. Her writing has appeared in multiple journals and anthologies, including: Room Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Adrienne: A Poetry Journal for Queer Women, Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, The Feminist Wire and more. Amal is currently working on an interdisciplinary project exploring the intersections of queerness, race and mixed Muslim Jewish familial roots. For the past several years, she has been working with Cambium Arts & Education as a curator and educator, specializing in collaborating with communities on the margins and anti-oppression training. Amal ran the first, free LGBTQ2+ creative writing series for youth in the Lower Mainland for several years. She is a founder of Breaking the Fast, an annual arts showcase featuring self-identified Muslim women and LGBTQ2+ Muslim artists. Amal is also a teaching artist with Reframing Relations, a project that brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to facilitate workshops on reconciliation in schools and community centres. As a member of the Interfaith Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements, she works with various faith communities to envision new futures centering deeply radical and liberatory spiritualties. Find out more about her work at

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